‘HERO’ Pakistani American doctor takes on ventilator shortages

‘HERO’ Pakistani-American doctor takes on ventilator shortages

Dr Saud Anwar, a Connecticut state senator, receives an unsung hero parade for a multipronged effort to fight coronavirus.

Saud Anwar is taking on the novel coronavirus on multiple fronts: as a Connecticut resident, a state senator, and first and foremost, he says, as a doctor.

I am only a doctor, who happens to be in the open and arrangement field, Dr. Anwar, a pneumonic pro in the United States, told. I’m not a policymaker who’s a specialist. It’s the opposite way around.

The American doctor of Pakistani legacy says he feels honored to be in a situation to fill in as the world fights with the novel coronavirus, which has tainted in excess of 2,000,000 and executed in any event 133,000 around the world.

Pakistani American doctor Anwar has won the commendations of his locale and other clinical experts for his multipronged endeavors, including building up a ventilator gadget that makes it workable for “seven patients” to be treated on the double.

While a great many people who contract the novel coronavirus needn’t bother with a ventilator, for the individuals who do, the machine, which enables individuals to inhale, can be lifesaving.

As the number of cases in the US that presently over 700,000 started to flood, governors from New York to California mixed to hoard their ventilator stores, cautioning deficiencies could cause more deaths.

That is when the idea for the ventilator device came about. Kevin Dyer of InterPro, a 3D printing, and manufacturing company based in Connecticut, used his network to reach out to Dr. Anwar and engineer Robert Conley, who owns Interactive Cad Solutions, about what could be done.

The team developed a simple splitter device that can be used on a ventilator to create multiple branches so that several patients can be hooked up to the machine at once, Dyer told Al Jazeera.

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Anwar shared information about the ventilator device on his Facebook page, including a video demonstrating how the part works.

The team also made the design information available for anyone to download. The reaction was almost immediate.

There was a lot of enthusiasm since it was made available as a downloadable, shareable file that anyone could print, Dyer said.


According to Dyer, the design had been downloaded about 1,000 times in more than 100 countries, including Zimbabwe and South Africa as of last week.

Our hope is that somewhere in the world, as this crisis continues to unfold, that this design will be able to help someone, somewhere who doesn’t have the access to all of the technology that we have in the US, Dyer said.

While Anwar has not had to use the device in Connecticut, he said that should the need arise and should it pass bureaucratic hurdles for use, he could.

‘Unsung hero’

In the meantime, however, he continues his work in both the medical and policy arenas.

This battle has multiple fronts, Dr. Anwar said.

How do you manage these patients? What can be done? So I’m helping educate the people at various levels about strategies to manage the disease as we learn more about it, he added.

Everybody is doing their part and I’m doing my little part to hopefully share my experience and in my effort and my passion to help people and fight for every single person to take it to the next level.


That passion has not gone unnoticed. An unsung hero parade of cars drove past Anwar’s home last week to thank the doctor for his work.

Thank you for all your heroism, read a sign on one of the cars.